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6 Items to Add to Your Sanctuary

April 3, 2018
Between morning routines, long work days, time with loved ones, and whatever else you have going on, creating a sanctuary space in your busy life is essential! Maybe you can’t immerse yourself each year in a wellness or yoga retreat, but you can take a little piece home with you to have all year long. Why are sanctuaries so important and what do we mean by them? A sanctuary is your own quiet space or area that you can turn to in order to slow down, reflect, meditate, and relax. Your sanctuary is here to remind you to pause, breathe, and take a moment for yourself. Each sanctuary will depend on the person but here’s some ideas to add to get you started…   Journal Journaling is a powerful tool to get our ideas, hopes, dreams, and fears all down on paper. Feeling overwhelmed or in total bliss mode? Journal about it and sort through these emotions by your sanctuary. As time passes, you’ll have a blueprint of your growth, challenges, and victories throughout time.   Crystal Crystals come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and compliment any sanctuary space. Pick one that you feel speaks to you. Crystals are excellent tools for healing, grounding, meditation, and setting intentions. Interested in manifesting more abundance in your life or that job promotion you’ve been waiting for? Visit your crystals, your precious little reminders of all that you can make happen in your life...   Candle Sometimes all you need is a nice candle. Scented, unscented, colored, short, tall, whatever your preference. There’s something special about a candle that can be instantly relaxing and set the beginning or end tone for your day. Journal or meditate by candlelight and get lost in the warm glow of your sanctuary.   Essential oils Essential oils come in a wide range of scents, properties, uses, and health benefits. Mix with coconut oil for a quick body rub, drop into an infuser to engage the whole room, or simply inhale to experience the benefits and properties of the oils of your choice.   Sage / Palo Santo stick A sage or palo santo stick is a must-have to clean the air around you and your space. The aromatic properties found in sage and palo santo are perfect for clearing out any lingering negative energy and can help you relax into you time. Make or pick up the herbal bundle of your choice and add extra zen to the area.   Something special Place a meaningful object or something simple that feels good to you to compliment your sanctuary. A shell from the beach, a stone, or an object from nature may just be the piece missing on your alter!   Since you can’t completely take home the magic and sanctuary provided in a yoga retreat, creating your sanctuary space to bring you back to those present moments is the next best thing you can do. Has your intention been to join the sanctuary of a wellness or yoga retreat? Immerse yourself in the sanctuary of Costa Rica and book a retreat with Selva Armonia Yoga Retreat Center in Costa Rica. We hope to see you in the jungle! Pura Vida!
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Experience the Pillars of Envision Festival at Selva Armonia Yoga Retreat Center in Costa Rica

February 23, 2018
Couldn’t make it to Envision Festival this year or looking for an extended experience? Join us at Selva Armonia Retreat Center located in Uvita, Costa Rica! Selva Armonia Retreat Center, owned by one of the founders of Envision, hosts Yoga retreats all year long. Come and experience some of the main pillars of Envision: Permaculture, Spirituality, Art, Music, Movement, Community, Health, and Eco-Building. How does Selva Armonia embody some of these main pillars to create an unforgettable experience?   Permaculture During a yoga retreat at Selva Armonia, guests learn basics in permaculture and see this incredible work in action on the land of the retreat center. Farm to table meals are served every day during retreats and guests can fill up on nutritious, fresh, organic, goodness! At Selva Armonia, visitors will be immersed in a conservative way of living which is focused on ending single use plastics, reducing, and reusing. Come see how Selva Armonia harmoniously works with the land and the pristine environment of South Pacific Costa Rica.   Spirituality Selva Armonia is nestled mountain side overlooking the South Pacific coastline and the infamous Whale’s Tail. Connection to nature is inevitable as howler monkeys can be heard in the distance, blue morpho butterflies flutter around the property, and magnificent scarlet macaws are often chatting above. Yoga retreats at Selva Armonia facilitate awakening and higher consciousness through meditation, ceremonies, and yoga practice.   Movement It’s a given that movement through yoga classes on a daily basis is a principle part of the experience at Selva Armonia. The exploration of other movement is also encouraged. At Selva Armonia, you can dance, swim, skip, and frolic in the lush, wild jungle surroundings.   Community By booking a Costa Rica yoga retreat at Selva Armonia, you are stepping into a collaborative community. Retreat experiences are a group of individuals from many different walks of life who have come together for a purpose. Making friends here is easy, and you’ll always cherish the transformative time spent with your Costa Rica yoga retreat family!   Health Much of our health starts with the food we eat and proper nutrition is a top priority at Selva Armonia Retreat Center. Embarking on a yoga retreat in Costa Rica allows you to nurture all aspects of your physical, mental, and emotional health. Those who decide to retreat with us are served top quality, farm to table, organic, gourmet meals. Yum! Not only will your taste buds be delighted by the fresh fruits, special prepared breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks, your body will be too!   Eco building A main reason why many choose to book a yoga retreat in South Pacific Costa Rica is the abundance of undisturbed nature and beauty. Selva Armonia was built with a vision of creating minimal impact on the cherished natural environment that can’t be found anywhere else in the country. Renewable materials and integrated systems are designed to protect, love, and respect mother nature’s work of art here. A retreat at Selva Armonia preserves the peace and tranquility you came for.   Feeling inspired by the pillars of Envision Festival? Come LIVE and immerse yourself in these principles at Selva Armonia Yoga Retreat Center in Costa Rica!
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5 Things Your Body will Love this Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2018
Valentine’s Day isn’t only for showing loved ones some extra love, it’s for you, too! Embrace this Valentine’s Day as a happy reminder to give your body a little extra boost and a “Thank You” for everything it does for you each and every day. Here’s a few easy things you can do on Vday to give your body some extra love...   Take a deep breath Did you know that most humans are not using the maximum capacity of their lungs and breathing correctly? Taking the time to breath deeply is a quick, simple way to relieve stress, muscles, aches, and pains. Effortlessly detox and sleep easy with some deep breathing!   Have a good stretch Often we forget to give our body a good stretch. Just a few minutes of stretching per day can increase our flexibility, prevent injuries, and heal some areas that are feeling a bit tight. Lower back issues or a stiff neck from the day-to-day routine? It’s incredible what a little stretching can do to change the overall physical state of our body. So take a few minutes this Valentine’s Day and show your body some love!   Drink a big glass of water Did you know most Americans are dehydrated? It’s easy to forget to hydrate our bodies between our busy schedules and cooler weather. The trick is to be drinking water before you’re feeling thirsty. Proper hydration helps your body run smoothly and keeps your skin looking and feeling fresh. Give your body a good cleanse with lots of water all day long!   Get some sunshine Cold sunshine, warm sunshine, whatever kind of sunshine. These seemingly never-ending, long winter months that you may be enduring are tough. If you can, get some sunshine on those cheekbones. If you can’t, perhaps plan yourself a vacation to the tropics for a recharge! Costa Rica, maybe?   Fill up on fresh, organic goodness Perhaps it’s not in everyone’s budget to be eating strictly organic all the time. But hey, it's Valentine’s Day! Treat your body to some yummy organic goodness and along with your breathing, stretching, water, and sunshine, a healthy meal will perfectly compliment your Valentine’s Day.   Don’t worry, we get it, we can all be guilty of forgetting to tend to our body’s most important needs. If you’re looking for more than just a day to immerse yourself in breathing, stretching, and focusing on your health while being surrounded by sunshine, consider booking a Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica at Selva Armonia Retreat Center! Check out our lineup for this year and get your body, mind, and spirit on the right track! Happy Valentine’s Day! <3   By Sarah Blanks
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4 Benefits of Switching to a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet

January 25, 2018
Diets are everywhere and just about on the face of every magazine these days, especially with the holiday season coming to an end. Here, we'll focus on 4 things that happen when you switch to a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet. But we want to get one thing straight: This is not the type of ‘diet’ you may be thinking of. The Whole Food Plant-Based Diet is a style of eating where animal-based products and processed foods are not consumed. This means meat, eggs, oil, refined sugar, or anything processed is avoided! It’s not about cutting calories, measuring protein, or using some confusing point system. The Whole Food Plant-Based diet is all about fruits, veggies, nuts, beans, whole grains, and other foods straight from the source. Why would someone choose this style of eating as a way of life? Although the transition period may be challenging, the benefits of switching to a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet are impressive. Here are 4 things that may happen after making the switch: 1. Healthy weight loss Once your system has some time away from all of those processed foods and options that simply are not serving the body, weight loss can steadily happen as a result from this style of eating. Thanks to the internet, it’s pretty easy to get a hold of some expert advice on how to initiate a diet in which all of your nutritional needs are satisfied. A well-rounded Whole Food Plant-Based Diet paired with regular exercise can be a great option for someone who is would like to lose weight in a healthy way. 2. Reverse/prevention of chronic illness and disease It’s no surprise that eating directly from the source is able to prevent chronic illness and disease. But did you know it can even reverse them as well? There’s been a lot of talk about how the diet is a powerful tool in healing our bodies and keeping them healthy for a lifetime. In many cases, food is the best medicine. 3. Improved immune system Are you sick multiple times a year? If the body is stuffed with processed foods, refined sugars, and other gook, it’s no wonder you may be getting sick. A Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet is a great way to get your immune system back on track and give it a boost. Try it out and you may see that you’re sick less often and you recover faster from an illness as well. 4. Overall better health A Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet is linked to assisting the body in maintaining overall better health. When you’re eating directly from the source, you’re getting the nutrients that nature intended and your body knows how to use. That seems like more than enough of a reason to at least give it a try, right? Other styles of eating can also provide a fully nutritious way of living and we encourage you to do your research and tune in to what really feels right for your body. Here’s to health and happiness for the New Year!   By Sarah Blanks
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